Sunday 19 November 2017

IRFU to pull three key players from Ireland's team to play France on Sunday for 7s duty in Las Vegas

Sene Naoupu, Hannah Tyrell and Alison Miller
Sene Naoupu, Hannah Tyrell and Alison Miller
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Tom Tierney's back division looks set to be decimated this weekend for the visit of France with three of their most influential players expected to be pulled from the squad to go on sevens duty in Las Vegas.

The explosive trio of Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrell are expected to be removed from the 15-a-side squad ahead of the next leg of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Las Vegas on March 3-5.

All three are contracted to the IRFU as Sevens players and were aware of the fact that they may be called upon to make the trip to Nevada.

The decision has apparently caused anger in Tierney's Grand Slam chasing squad and will not be well received in many quarters considering Ireland are using the Six Nations to prepare for this August's World Cup, which Ireland is hosting.

Miller is one of the best finishers in the women's game and scored a crucial try in the opening round win over Scotland, Tyrell showed her skill and agility to score a last-gasp bonus point winning try in the victory over Italy and Naoupu is viewed as a crucial figure in the centre.

The decision is expected to be confirmed by the IRFU's Director of Women’s and Sevens Rugby Anthony Eddy when the Ireland team for the game against France on Thursday.

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